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Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Vocals

UCAS Code: 315V

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

80

"Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma. In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy. We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience."

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Popular music performance

The ICMP BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is for students who aspire to reach the highest levels of musicianship, while building a successful, sustainable career as a portfolio musician in today ’s modern and diverse music industry. A dynamic, challenging and relevant programme, this course will provide you with the playing, performing, business, technical and theoretical skills necessary to prepare you for the real world of the career musician. The study of established genres, styles and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus degree, and you’ll develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through study of your principal instrument, aimed at enabling you to succeed in a wide range of performance and music-making contexts. The course covers a variety of learning activities in subject areas such as; music theory, music technology, music production, aural perception, technique and sight reading. While you’ll be challenged to achieve outstanding technical skills on your primary instrument, you’ll also be encouraged to explore a secondary instrument, which may include backing vocals, keyboards or vocal arrangement, all with the aim of guiding you towards becoming a well-rounded, technically accomplished musician. Over the three years of the degree, you’ll receive tuition from our world-class teaching faculty, made up of highly esteemed musicians, all of whom have active careers in the music industry and higher education sector.

Learning will be achieved in small groups, where collaboration is encouraged to enable a melting pot of ideas, experiences and influences to be explored. Via live performance workshops, you’ll develop a strong camaraderie with your fellow BMus classmates, and will also be inspired to network and create projects with students from other ICMP programmes. You will receive feedback individually, in small groups and as part of larger ensembles. Your tutors will also provide you with a working knowledge of the way the music industry operates, thanks to regular masterclasses, industry events, visits by special guest musicians, and ICMP’s connection with the wider London music industry. By the time you graduate with ICMP, you’ll be fluent in the language of popular music, capable of working in creative and collaborative music business environments, ready to explore exciting industry pathways to begin your professional career, and will have an impressive and professional portfolio of work to present to the industry. You can progress directly from this course to a career in the music industry in areas such as session recording, international touring, musical theatre, function bands, library music and music education, or you can progress your studies with an ICMP Master ’s degree.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

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Course location:

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Department:

Music

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

61%
low
Popular music performance

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
55%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Popular music performance

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£13k

£13k

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